By Dennis Glade
The Washington Times-Herald
So much for rust.
The Barr-Reeve girls basketball team entered Thursday night’s season opener with questions about if it would have any lingering rust after the quick turnaround from the volleyball state championship run. Those questions were answered with an emphatic no.
The Class A No. 6 Vikings (1-0) dominated Linton (0-3) on their way to a 75-16 victory. Barr-Reeve outscored the Miners 24-0 in the first eight minutes while forcing 12 turnovers, and hounding Linton with its ferocious pressure defense. Hannah Bullock led the Vikings with eight points in the opening quarter on three fast break layups.
“You never know how you’re going to look with just six practices, but the veterans that we have back — if there is a team that has six practices — that’s the team right there,” said Barr-Reeve coach Mark Holt. “My hardest problem is going to be finding enough playing time for everyone. We have a lot of girls that can play — a lot of athletic girls.”
In the second quarter, the Miners finally got on the board with five points — all from Avaree Dunn — but Linton gave up 19 more points. Senior Jenna Knepp scored eight of her team-leading 10 first half points to help Barr-Reeve take a 43-5 lead at halftime.
After halftime, nothing got easier for the Miners. Barr-Reeve scored the first 16 points of the quarter, before Maddie Robison’s basket stopped the run. The Vikings scored the final four points of the quarter to take a 63-7 lead into the fourth quarter. Knepp scored 10 more points in the third quarter to give her a game-high 20 points.
After struggling a little bit with injuries and illnesses last season, Barr-Reeve looked to be completely healthy as they had four players score at least nine points. Finding minutes for everyone as he gets the rotation to the number we will see all year will be a tough job for Holt.
“When we’re in practice every night, every time we go five-on-five, I try to mix the combination of girls on the floor,” Holt said. “Injuries pop up, illnesses can pop up, foul trouble can pop up. You have to be prepared to play with anybody. There’s going to be some weird combinations out there. Four guards and a big will be very good for us. Tonight we put our bigs on the front of our press, because we trust our guards on the back end. It’s kind of fun to play Dr. Frankenstein there to see what we can come up with.”
Barr-Reeve travels to Tecumseh Tuesday night to see if it can continue to find its rhythm offensively and defensively.
“We saw Tecumseh play Wood Memorial Tuesday night and Wood is going to be a real good ball club to follow this year,” Holt said. “They have a lot of good young players and Wood handled them pretty easily. Tecumseh isn’t quite as good as year’s past, but they will play a lot of zone defense and shoot a lot of threes and make you settle for threes. We need to make sure that we get our bigs running the floor and get some easy baskets. It will be a good first road game for us.”
Linton (16) — Johnson 0 0-0 0 0, Parker 0 0-0 0 0, Booe 0 0-1 0 0, Dunn 3 1-1 2 7, Nash 0 0-0 0 0, Robison 1 0-0 3 2, Morin 0 0-0 0 0, Shafford 1 0-0 1 2, Thius 1 2-3 0 5. Totals 6 2-5 7 16
Barr-Reeve (75) — Knepp 10 0-0 2 20, Bullock 4 2-2 0 10, Kenney 2 2-2 0 6, Graber 4 1-2 4 9, K. Lengacher 2 1-2 2 6, B. Miller 2 0-0 1 5, Carroll 5 0-0 0 10, Courdet 0 0-0 0 0, Rohrer 0 0-0 1 0, M. Graber 1 0-0 0 2, P. Lengacher 1 0-0 0 2, Schultheis 1 0-2 2 2. Totals 31 7-12 12 75.